5 Tips to Improve Your Vocabulary | Writing

May 18, 2016 Jennifer Brandt

5 Tips to Improve Your Vocabulary | Writing 

We know your writing skills are stronger than ever. To prepare for the TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ Writing subtest, you’ve been:

Are you eager to learn more? Are you ready to grow your writing skillset and take your writing to the next level?

A strong and versatile vocabulary can add power and effectiveness to your writing. The stronger your vocabulary, the more persuasive and direct your statements and essays will be. Here are five ways you can improve your vocabulary:

  1. Read every day.

The more you read, the more you’ll learn. A great way to build your vocabulary is to read a variety of books, magazines, news articles, etc. If you find yourself reading the same types of books or articles from the same author, try to branch out and read new sources and publications. The goal is to learn new words, understand how words can be used in different ways, and discover more innovative ways to write with words you’re unfamiliar with.

  1. Use a thesaurus as you write.

Keep a thesaurus or Thesaurus.com open as you write. Continue to think of ways to write a particular phrase or sentence in a more concise, impactful manner. Often times, altering one or two words can make all the difference. Use the thesaurus to discover synonyms and antonyms to words you want to improve. Over time, you’ll have several synonyms and antonyms memorized.

  1. Learn new words every week.

Challenge yourself by setting a goal to learn one or more new words each week. Download a vocabulary app (like the Vocabulary.com app) on your phone or sit down with a dictionary or thesaurus and begin to learn new words. Keep a log of each new word and its definition in a notebook, and review the words frequently.

  1. Write often.

Do you like to write letters to friends and loved ones? Do you keep a journal? Does your job require you to write a lot?

Find a writing outlet that suits you best and practice your writing often. Whether it’s for personal pleasure or for professional reasons, have fun writing with the new words you’ve learned.

  1. Edit your work.

When you reread and proof your writing, you have the opportunity to “identify overused and nondescript words” and replace them with words that are more interesting and exact, according to WordCounter.net.

Do you love writing and want to continue your practice by taking an online course? Work one-on-one with a teacher by taking one of Time4Writing’s mechanics and writing courses. Or check out one of these free online writing courses to improve your writing skills and vocabulary. 

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